Pell Grant Delay? 5 Reasons Plus An Extra
There are several reasons your check might be slow. Let’s look at the worst ones below. Maybe you can correct it and get things moving again.
1. Incorrectly Filled Out FAFSA
This happens a lot. So much that the Dept of Education has a separate deadline for fixing mistakes in your Pell grant application.
If you have mistakes, you can correct them until mid-September. Take a look at the FAFSA website , towards the bottom of the page for the deadline.
But don’t wait until the last minute – see #3.
2. Missed Deadline
Okay, I already mentioned the deadline for corrections in #1. The good news is you can make corrections for months after you submit your application. The bad news is that your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has to be submitted at the end of June.
You can submit much earlier, but most students can’t fill out the tax portion until about mid April, since that’s when taxes come due.
And really, you should submit your application as soon as possible. You could look at it this way: better to submit and correct than to miss the Pell grant deadline altogether. Don’t believe me? Look at #3...
3. Funds Run Out
The Pell grant program only has so much money. To me sure that you have the best shot at an award, submit your application early, and make sure you didn’t make any mistakes.
Once your application is complete and has no corrections, it can be processed and you can find out how much your check will be.
If you didn’t get the amount you need, you should look at your student aid report to see if you qualify for other help, like a subsidized Stafford student loan.
Now for some other problems...
4. You Aren’t Registered For Classes
I recently read this question:
Do you have to take classes to get a Pell grant?
Uh, yes, that’s kind of the point of the program. But look at it this way. If you haven’t registered for classes, maybe your school won’t give a check because you could just as easily attend at another school.
Until you commit to a university or other school, you may not see a check.
And one more similar problem to add on here.
5. You Haven’t Paid Tuition
Similar to #4, you might not see a check if you haven’t paid tuition. But this makes sense, right? You applied for a grant because you wanted to go to school, and you haven’t paid tuition possibly because you have got the money.
The school would withhold your check because you need to pay tuition anyway. And in some cases, your check will go straight to your tuition bill.
Here's the extra -
6. You Don’t Qualify
Sad, I know. It’s possible that you don’t have a grant check because your Pell grant application was denied, and you don’t qualify.
You can check this ahead of time with your pin at the financial aid PIN site , which has an electronic copy of your Student Aid Report, or SAR.
Don’t tell me you lost your pin...